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Sunday: Village Picnic at Village Green Park!
Come join your neighbors for the annual Village Picnic on Sunday, August 2 from 4 til dusk at the Village Green Park.  The cost is $5 per person (children 6 and under are free). The price includes a buffet-style dinner prepared by Cecelia's Catering. Beer, wine and soft drinks will be served.  Bring a dessert if you would like to take part in the dessert contest!  This year's picnic will include a bounce house for kids. Also, meet a firefighter and Wind Point Police Officer, and get an up close view of a fire engine and squad car!  Read more...
Volunteers Needed for Community Club Events

The Wind Point Community Club needs volunteer event coordinators for activities sponsored by the Village and Community Club, including a Kids' Halloween Party, Holiday Tree Lighting Party, Independence Day Bike Parade and Picnic. It's a great opportunity for you and your family to get to know your neighbors! Please contact Cel Heck at 639-5370 or email windpointcommunityclub@gmail.com.

Village Board Approves Full Revaluation for 2016

At the regular Village Board meeting on July 9, the Board unanimously approved an agreement with Associated Appraisal to conduct a full revaluation of Village properties in 2016. The action was taken after discussion over the course of three meetings regarding the cost and challenges of the revaluation process. Board members decided the revaluation is ultimately needed to update the Village's assessments. The State recommends doing a revaluation every 10 years and the last time one was done in Wind Point was 1981. Much more information for homeowners about the revaluation will be provided in the coming months.

Park Planning Workshop Scheduled for Sept. 16
The Village has started the process of creating a plan for future park improvements. All residents are invited to a parks planning workshop held at the Prairie School on Wednesday, September 16, 6-7:30 p.m. in the theater. Landscape architects from Ayres Associates will facilitate a short questionnaire and visual exercises for participants to help guide features of the plan. Please mark your calendar for this fun and important workshop!
Bulk Collection Reminders

Johns Disposal offers bulk collections on the first Monday of each month (when Monday is a holiday it takes place the next day). 

 

Acceptable bulk items: extra garbage bags, extra recycling items (in clear plastic bags), furniture, carpeting (no wider than 4 ft. and rolled), large metal items, cardboard (flattened and empty), appliances, tires (2 per home - 8 per year), drain oil & antifreeze (sealed in 1-5 gallon containers), humidifiers, de-humidifiers, water softeners and air conditioners.

 

Unacceptable bulk items: yard waste, electronics, hazardous materials, liquid paint and loose bulk construction materials.

 

All items for bulk pick up should be placed within 2 feet of curbside and 6 feet from the garbage/recycling containers. For more information on Johns Disposal collections, click here

Wind Point Lighthouse Tower Climb - August 2nd

By Friends of the Wind Point Lighthouse

 

The next climb to the top of the Wind Point Lighthouse is scheduled for Sunday, August 2.  Please be sure to visit the Fog Horn Building Museum, the Gift Shop and the Memorial Garden on the shore of Lake Michigan on your tour.  It's a wonderful experience for you, your family and friends. 

 

The 144 steps in the spiral staircase to the top require sturdy shoes (no flip-flops or high heels) and a certain level of fitness.  Due to safety and liability concerns, children under six are not allowed to climb.  To register for the climb, go to the lighthouse web site www.windpointlighthouse.com.  To register for a tour on the hour, follow the directions on the "Tours" page.  For a tour on the half-hour, you can register on-site.  However, you may have to wait depending on the number of climbers ahead of you.  Cost is $5 for those 6 - 12 and $10 for ages 13 and older. 

 

We have new items in the Gift Shop (embroidered fleeces, t-shirts, caps, mugs and Jim Charnon's Collection of photos, cards and puzzles plus books and other souvenirs of your visit).  We also have a new exhibit of the anchor from the Alice and a new diorama of the Wind Point Lighthouse around 1910 developed by Jim Charnon and Jim Erven, members of Friends. We hope to see you on the 2nd.

Summer Sights...
About 40 kids participated in the Independence Day Bike Parade on July 2, led by Grand Marshall Bill Reid riding the "Catiwac."

A showing of "Wizard Oz" at Shoop Park drew over 80 people on July 3. The outdoor movie night was organized by Wind Point Living Magazine.


Village President Pete Christensen presented a proclamation to Police Chief David Rossman for his 40th anniversary with the Village on June 11.
Newsletter Archive Now Available Online
Take a glimpse into Wind Point history and visit the online newsletter archive. The archive contains copies of Wind Point Beacon (1953-1955), Wind Point Breeze (1957), Wind Point Bulletin (1959-1994), From the Lighthouse (1995-1998) and Points of Light (1999-2013). Please contact us if you have copies of newsletters we may be missing that are listed here
Pickleball Allowed on Tennis Courts  
On July 9, the Village Board approved the playing of pickleball on the Village Green Tennis Courts. Pickleball is a sport played with a paddle and plastic ball that combines elements of  tennis, badminton and ping-pong. Pickleball players may use tape to temporary mark lines, as long as the tape is removed immediately after play.
Ordinance Reminders

Overnight Parking - Overnight on-street parking is prohibited between the hours of 2-6 a.m. If residents have overnight guests whose vehicles do not fit on their driveway or parking area, please call the Wind Point Police at 262.639.3022 to request overnight parking permission. 

 

Re-siding - A building permit is required for re-siding a home (but not for painting). If the color or material type of the new siding is different from the existing siding, the project may also require approval from the Architectural Review Board. 

Village Board Highlights

At the regular Village Board meeting on July 9, the Board...

  • Approved Ordinance 15-04 allowing pickleball play on the Village Green tennis courts.
  • Approved a proposal from Associated Appraisal to conduct a revaluation in 2016 (including assessment maintenance services) in the amount of $42,000, subject to village attorney review of the contract.
  • Heard an update from Trustee Van Lone that an RFP for Fire/EMS services was issued to Racine and Caledonia with a deadline of August 14.
  • Heard an update from Trustee Sanabria on the park planning project; a public workshop is scheduled for September 16.
  • Approved a tree removal policy, with revisions.

The Village Board will meet for a regular meeting on Thursday, August 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the Village Hall (Lighthouse).